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Casting Lines
Actors animate their characters and hold you with their performances, but before they appear on stage or screen they have to be chosen. Paul Allen talks to those who do the choosing, including theatre casting director
Gillian Diamond , and Mary Selway , who has found actors for more than 80 feature films.
Producer JULIAN MAY. Stereo
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Richard Baker Compares Notes

The British Horn Society is holding its tenth annual festival on Easter Saturday. Among those who will be performing are this afternoon's guests, Michael Thompson.
Frank Lloyd and David Pyatt.
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The Natural History Programme

Can a woodlouse hold its breath? Lionel Kelleway and Fergus Keeling find the answer in a cat's water bowl. Back on dry land, there's more news and views from the natural world. Producer HELEN ODAMS BBC Bristol
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The Natural History Programme

Can a woodlouse hold its breath? Lionel Kelleway and Fergus Keeling find the answer in a cat's water bowl; back on dry land, there's more news and views from the natural world.
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Start the Week

Rites of Spring
Easter is the first festival of the year and whether
You process, light candles, hold all-night vigils, take off on holiday, sport an Easter bonnet or simply dig the garden, it's a time of festivities.
Peter France is joined by a group of European celebrants to find out what it is everyone is celebrating and how they go about it.
Producer MARY PRICE BBC Bristol
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File on 4

How will Cuba adapt to the new administration in Washington, and can it hold out against pressure from Moscow for perestroika.
Reporter Stuart Simon Producer VICKY WHITFIELD Editor GERRY NORTHAM BBC Manchester
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The Thatcher Decade

Three programmes about a record-breaking hold on power.
1: The First Target
Did the unions stand a chance of beating
Mrs Thatcher ? Was their decline inevitable or did they make avoidable mistakes? With the Cabinet ministers and trade union leaders involved, BBC Political Correspondent Nicholas Jones assesses one of the Prime Minister's most radical changes in the fabric of the nation.
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The Thatcher Decade

Three programmes about a record-breaking hold on power.
2: The Most Important Man Bernard Ingham has been Mrs Thatcher 's Press
Secretary throughout her years in power. He has been described both as the most important man in Government and as the real Deputy Prime Minister. BBC Political
Correspondent Nicholas Jones examines his role. Producer JOLYON MONSON
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Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Ronald Hayman raises the curtain on Britain's great actor-managers.
1: The Actor-Manager Tradition
The spotlight focuses on the actor-managers of the past: Garrick, Kean,
Irving, Du Maurier, Tree, Wolfit ... why did they all turn to Shakespeare? Producer ANNE HINDS BBC Pebble Mill
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The Wednesday Feature

An Uncomfortable Freedom
What did neutrality mean during the Second World War?
Geoffrey Stern looks at life and politics in Sweden, Spain, Ireland and Switzerland between 1939 and 1945 and considers the price of their peace.
Producers TIM DEE and TIM SUTER
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Daily Service

from the Church of St
Peter Mancroft, Norwich. With MICHAEL SHOESMITH. Love divine (Blaenwern); Mark 9, vv 33-41; Loving Shepherd of thy sheep
(Buckland); 0, for a closer walk with God (Stanford). Organist ROGER RAYNER.
Director of Music KENNETH RYDER. BBC Pebble Mill
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Colindale's Diary

The British Library's newspaper collection at Colindale's is without rival. On 18 miles of shelving, it holds over half a million fat volumes of old newspapers, dating from around 1800. It's tricky getting a seat in the stylish 1930s reading rooms - they fill soon after the doors open, then silence, as the back numbers, old issues and final editions cast their spell.
Compiled and produced by ANDREW PARFITT Stereo
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The Wednesday Feature

A Journey by JAMES HAMILTON-PATERSON in two parts. With and 1: Unfinished Business November 1923. RMS Hildebrand sets sail from Liverpool on a 4,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic to Brazil and up the River
Amazon to Manaos ... Directed by JOHN POWELL
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Woman's Hour

Live from the BBC Concert Hall, Jenni Murray invites you Back to the Future.
With women who have successfully returned to work - singer Barbara Dickson, and Liz Bargh, Head of the Pepperell Unit of the Industrial Society. Including fashion advice from Angela Kennedy.
Serial: "Indemnity Only" by Sarah Paretsky, abridged in 12 episodes by Janet Hickson. Read by Liza Ross (6).
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Reading Aloud: Neville Cardus's Cricketing Heroes

Reader Struan Rodger. 'I would rather go into a pub with half a dozen North Country professional cricketers than into all the studios or penthouses or Athenaeum and Savile Clubs in London. I have tried both, so I know.'
Producer Jane Morgan.
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This week's programme comes from Hungary, where British travel agents are holding their annual conference in Budapest
. Nigel Coombs finds out what is on the agenda for the industry.
Ken Bruce takes a look at the attractions of Buda, while Cliff Michelmore crosses the river to Pest. Producer Sara Jane Hall
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Death of a Superpower

The last of three programmes about the end of the Soviet Union as we know it.
We've Got You over a Barrel
In Siberia, where the temperature falls to 60 below and the permafrost cloaks vast energy reserves, millions of tonnes of oil and gas are wasted because of shoddy technology and antiquated working methods. Even so, the oilfields of Russia earn half the Soviet
Union's hard currency. Gordon Clough reports from western Siberia on how the oil men could hold the Kremlin to ransom.
Producer Anne Koch
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Woman's Hour

Introduced by Jenni Murray.
What's it like when you're left holding the baby? Sara Parker talks to fathers who have taken on the role of mothers.
A World of Love (7)
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Upsetting the Applecart

Searching for a Cause The last of four talks by BBC Foreign Affairs
Editor John Simpson , in which he looks back at the events of 1989 and 1990. Today he looks at the failed revolution of the pro-democracy protesters in China in the late spring of 1989, and wonders for how long the Chinese communist mandarins can hold on to power.
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John Pilger

reflects on four comers of the world that have caught his journalist's eye and his conscience.
4: The Last Days of Saigon 'A soldier holding up a dead child by one arm stood stiffly to attention as he was photographed. It was this one image which, for me, symbolised the suffering of the Vietnamese people.' Producer Andrew Parfitt

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